10-Minute Plays for Kids
Paperback ISBN: 1495053393
(Applause Acting Series). In 10-Minute Plays for Kids , young thespians will find terrific plays by some of our most prominent playwrights such as Sharyn Rothstein, Alex Broun, Jenny Lyn Bader, Claudia I. Haas, and Mark Harvey Levine, and by others less well known but equally terrific such as Sharai Bohannon, Suzanne Bailie, and Shirley King. The characters and situations portrayed are perfect for the kid actor. Some of the plays explore relatable tales of friendship and family, while others allow the actors to take on the personas of nonhuman characters, such as fish and chess pieces! 10-Minute Plays for Kids is ideal for theater students, youth groups, and acting classes.
At This Theatre
110 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories, and Stars
Hardcover ISBN: 1557837643
An updated and expanded edition of a theatre-by-theatre chronicle of Broadway productions from 1900 to 2010 includes more than 500 color production photos, vintage archival photos and Playbill covers from all 40 currently operating Broadway theatres.
Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35
Paperback ISBN: 1480369624
Here is one of editor Lawrence Harbison's regular monologue collections. It contains almost 100 selections from recently produced and published plays. Harbison chooses pieces he judges to be good audition material. They are classified as dramatic, comic or seriocomic. Many of these have sexual subject matter, but overall, there is reflected a diverse range of concerns: motherhood, rocky relationships, fame and celebrity, murder, sexual obssession, abortion, and vampires, among others. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A Life In Acting
Paperback ISBN: 1557836442
This is the first book devoted to the actor who has created a judicious blend of high-definition performances on the British stage and a wide range of award-winning television and film roles. New York Times writer Mel Gussow interviewed Gambon on many occasions, and those conversations comprise the majority of this book. Gussow also draws insights from some of the people who have worked with Gambon. Gambon was named the successor to the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, making his debut in 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and he will be featured more prominently in the June 2005 film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He can also be seen in Mike Nichols' Emmy Award-winning HBO film of Tony Kushner's Angels in America and a growing number of films, including the recent Being Julia with Annette Bening, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou with Bill Murray.
The Twelve Plays of Christmas
Traditional and Modern Plays for the Holidays
Paperback ISBN: 1557834954
Here is a joyous pageant of plays by masters through the ages - including Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Thornton Wilder, Langston Hughes, and Hans Christian Andersen - ready to be produced, along with "The Traditional Christmas Pageant" and "The Second Shepherd's Play" in a modernized text and a lively version of "St. George and the Dragon." Comedies like "A Visit from St. Nicholas," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Kringle's Window" and "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" stand beside more serious works such as "A Child's Christmas in Wales," "Black Nativity," "Scrooge and Marley," "The Match Girl's Gift" and "The Long Christmas Dinner," called by critic John Gassner "...the most beautiful one-act play in English prose." Lowel Swortzell, himself the author of a number of popular Christmas plays, has brought together these delightful works, which are ideally suited for performances in the classroom, sanctuary, or theatre. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, they also can be enjoyed for themselves as holiday reading that reminds us how Christmas has inspired great writers to their highest dramatic achievements.
The Alchemy of Theatre, the Divine Science
Essays on Theatre And the Art of Collaboration
Hardcover ISBN: 1557836981
Featuring 28 of the top talents on Broadway! The Alchemy of Theatre lets the top talents in every theatrical field, from producing and writing to publicity and makeup, share their hard-earned wisdom. They speak on how to achieve success in an environment where giant egos are locked up together under mounting financial and emotional pressure, and are expected to deliver greatness. In short, this book is a how-to manual of collaboration by the professionals who do it best. Among those who have packed their lively essays with real-world stories of experience on legendary productions are directors Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, and George C. Wolfe; playwrights Wendy Wasserstein, recently deceased, and Edward Albee; stars Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell; set designer Robin Wagner; songwriter Cy Coleman, in one of his last writing efforts before his death; costume designer William Ivey Long; producer Rocco Landesman; theatre operator Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of The Shubert Organization; playwright and librettist Terrence McNally; lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Musical Director Paul Gemignani; and more than a dozen more. This book is nothing but true-life stories of how these precepts work in real life for some of the most talented people alive. "Every narrative gives an inside look at what makes theater magical and allows a performance to come together. For those who love the theater, this book is essential." Library Journal
The American Theatre Wing Presents The Play That Changed My Life
America's Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them
Paperback ISBN: 1557837406
What was the play that changed your life? What was the play that inspired you; that showed you something entirely new; that was so thrilling or surprising, breathtaking or poignant, that you were never the same? Nineteen of today's most gifted playwrights respond in this most revealing and personal book, published by Applause Books and presented by the American Theatre Wing, founder of The Tony Awards. From Edward Albee's 1935 visit to New York's Hippodrome Theatre to see Jimmy Durante (and an elephant) in Rodgers and Hart's Jumbo, to Diana Son's twelfth-grade field trip in 1983 to see Diane Venora play Hamlet at The Public Theater, from David Henry Hwang's seminal San Francisco encounter with Equus to a young Beth Henley's epiphany after seeing her mother in a "Green Bean Man costume," The Play That Changed My Life offers readers a unique peek into the theatrical influences of some of the nation's most important dramatists. The book is filled with tributes, memories, anecdotes and other insights that connect past to present and make this volume an instant "must have" for anyone who adores the theatre. Also in the book are pieces by David Auburn, Jon Robin Baitz, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Charles Fuller, A. R. Gurney, Tina Howe, David Ives, Donald Margulies, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, John Patrick Shanley, Regina Taylor, and Doug Wright, as well as an introduction by Paula Vogel. All together, the playwrights featured here have won more than 40 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Obies, and MacArthur genius grants.
At This Theatre
100 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories and Stars
Hardcover ISBN: 1557835667
This is the ultimate backstage tour of Broadway! AT THIS THEATRE tells the complete history of Broadway in the 20th century, theatre by theatre. This gorgeous book is now updated, revised and with a larger format, covering 1900 to 2001. PLAYBILL's columnist, Louis Botto, along with Robert Viagas, opens the doors and lets readers explore the 40 active Broadway theatres in New York. From the conception and design of the buildings, to their original creators, and on to the theatres' transformation, often under duress, from legitimate houses to vaudeville and Burlesque, to movie houses and then back to their original purpose, this book captures the magical world of Broadway. It is a complete and authoritative history that only Botto, the curator of PLAYBILL's incomparable 116-year-old archives, can tell. Expanded from his popular column in PLAYBILL magazine, AT THIS THEATRE is the biography of those living, breathing buildings we call theatres. In this substantially updated version, Botto includes the histories of all the theatres rescued from the wrecker in the last ten years, including the American Airlines Theatre, Disney's New Amsterdam, and the Lyric and the Apollo, now combined into the Ford Center. AT THIS THEATRE is filled with great stories featuring a cast of characters including Ethel Merman, David Merrick, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. And it's also a theatrical spectacle boasting lavish illustrations of posters, programs, and photographs throughout. This is the gift book for every theatre lover on your list, including yourself!